Its now 3 days until the big day and as you can imagine with having 6 kids the excitement is brewing at lightning speed in my house. The Family Christmas Traditions haven’t really changed since I was a little girl. Apart from the added additions of Christmas Eve boxes. I love discussing with my friends how they spend Christmas and do they have any traditions that have followed on since their own childhoods.
Family Christmas Traditions
We wake on Christmas Eve morning and have of obligatory morning fry up. I always have all mad Christmas prep ready for this day so for us its very much a day of kicking back and relaxing. The boys will find their Christmas Eve boxes under the tree. These consist of new pj’s, Christmas DVDs, hot chocolates and a few books and a chocolate Santa. As I mentioned this day is all about relaxing and spending time together as a family. Copious amounts of crisps, dips and mince pies are normally consumed with the lovely addition of a selection of meats for tea, bread, baked camembert and more. We end the night trying to get the smalls to bed and asleep by a semi-reasonable time before the crazy day begins.
I have always even in my married life spent Christmas Day at my mums. We come from a very small family and it’s only me and my brother and 1 aunt who lives in Canada. So all 8 of us plus my brother head to my mums late morning. Pre leaving ours we have the mountain of gifts to get through. Santa always leaves a lovely selection of gifts under the tree for all and they get opened as soon as we wake up (we always hope for a late start but it never happened, the joy of having smalls eh) After the large collection of wrapping paper is removed I make a start on the breakfast. It always consists of pure juices, cereal and pancakes and bacon. After eating ourselves into a food coma we make our way to my mums. We then begin the mammoth task of opening all her gifts to us and the same back. Its been this way since I was small all the family sitting in the living room, eating nibbles, drinking champers and opening gifts. It honestly takes us until 2 pm to get sorted as my mum likes us to open a gift at a time and with 11 people it takes an age. It’s then Christmas dinner time. The meal that we all lust over but are far too full to eat ha. After this its lie around and hope we can actually make the move to the car to come home.
It’s pretty much a rerun of the day before minus the presents. We go back to mums for another massive meal and then spend the rest of the day playing with the children’s new gifts and watching Xmas movies.
It’s so funny how family traditions can carry on through generations. I love how we spend Christmas, in fact, I can’t imagine it any other way. We have lost loved ones over the years but the day itself has never changed and I hope my children create some magical traditions when they grow up as well. Do you have any family traditions? new or old?